Joey & The Twisters (3)
Joey & The Twisters (3) (Manhattan, New York)
Joey Villa (Vocals)
Bob Azzara (Piano)
Albert Leonardis (Drums)
Frankie Natale (Saxophone)
1961 - Peppermint Twist Time / Silly Chili (Dual 502)
1962 - Bony Moronie / Mumblin’ (Dual 505)
1962 - Do You Want To Dance / Last Dance (Dual 509)
N/A - My Mother's Eyes / Jailer, Bring Me Water (Armour 2244)
Joey & The Twisters was a Twist group formed from remnants of the original Royal Teens around 1961. The group was led by Teens vocalist Joey Villa (aka Joe Francovilla), along with several other members from the local Manhattan Doo Wop scene. The band played regularly at the Peppermint Lounge in Manhattan, alongside Joey Dee and the Starliters and other acts.
The Twisters never released an album, but did release several singles on Duel Records, including remakes of Bobby Darin's "Jailer, Bring me Water," Bobby Freeman's "Do You Want To Dance," and "Bony Maronie," and penned "Peppermint Twist Time" in honor of the club that gave them a home.
They did launch on a national tour, the highlight of which was playing the Dream Room in New Orleans. The group dissolved as the Twist fell out of fashion. Joey Villa continued playing as a solo artist. Bob Azzara and Louis Burgio, along with friend Flip Cesario, who briefly played with The Royal Teens, later formed the band Mardi Gras.
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